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Volume 59, Number 29    March 26, 2012         

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General education course certification update
The Baccalaureate Requirements Committee and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies have approved 35 courses from five colleges in one or more areas of general education. An additional 40 courses are under review by the certification subcommittees.

Visit the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, Including GE Certification page for information about the review process, steps to submit courses for review and the submission form. Faculty who wish to see examples of approved courses should ask their department chairs for the Web address or contact

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The deadline to register for the 2012 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is Wednesday, April 4. Faculty are asked to encourage students to register for and participate in the event in the Main Gym April 26 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. A dinner reception for participants and faculty mentors following the showcase will include a student drawing for an iPad and other prizes.

Download the showcase registration form and submit it by Wednesday, April 4. Visit the graduate showcase website for more information or e-mail Maria Conrad at

Faculty Travel Grants available
Faculty are encouraged to apply for travel grant awards offered by the San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA). As many as seven travel grants with a maximum value of $500 each are expected to be awarded for 2012 faculty travel. Applications must be submitted by April 4 and are open to faculty with at least a half-time appointment.

Travel grants are awarded for professional development, with preference given to participation/ presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered, submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 4:
• Dan Buttlaire, SFSURA chair,
• Mamdouh Abo-El-Ata,
• Julian Randolph,

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
Faculty in their second through fifth years are invited to attend one of two workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP). The workshops, organized and sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, will be led by Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge and will focus on expectations for scholarship and preparing for RTP review. The workshops will be held:
• Wednesday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., ADM 460
• Thursday, April 5, 2-4 p.m., HUM 587

Attendees should RSVP to and bring a copy of their Departmental RTP criteria to the workshop.

Funding for research, creative work
Two new funding opportunities have been announced by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The faculty research and creative work grants are:

Intensive Methodological Training Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-01) support faculty training in statistical and other methodological skills, based on the premise that use of the latest data analytic and methodological techniques strengthen funding applications in an increasingly competitive environment. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, contingent on funding availability. Visit the Intensive Methodological Training Grants website for more information.

Individual Investigator and Collaborative Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-02) support individual or collaborative projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Proposals should have the aim of obtaining tangible results (journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert, etc.). Submissions are due in ORSP by 5 p.m. on April 16. Visit the Individual Investigator and Collaborative Grants website for more information.

Phi Beta Kappa annual meeting, Triennial Council
The Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will hold its annual meeting Monday, April 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in ADM 552. The meeting will cover a range of issues, including annual banquet plans and selection of a delegate to the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council, Aug. 2-4 in Palm Beach, Florida. Interested Omicron chapter members are asked to volunteer by April 2 (travel and lodging costs for one delegate will be underwritten by the society).

Contact the chapter president, Pamela Vaughn, at to express interest in the Triennial Council or to pose questions.

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Welcome Days call for programs deadline near
Welcome Days 2012 will welcome new students and their families from Thursday, Aug. 23 to Tuesday, Aug. 28 on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses, information workshops and academic sessions on Friday, Aug. 24.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, March 30. Visit for more information. E-mail questions to

Campus Ecology Work Party
Physical Planning and Development invites the campus community to join the Campus Ecology Monthly Work Party, Thursday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group will plant native vegetation in the bioswale next to the Business building. Participants will also learn about the importance of sustainable storm water management and how to use native plants to increase biodiversity, attract beneficial insects and pollinators, and use less water in the landscape.

Refreshments from local bakeries will be available for participants, as well as bicycle-powered organic fruit smoothies. Meet other like-minded individuals, learn about native plant ecology and make a positive impact on campus. E-mail for more details.

Farm to Fork on the Quad
The campus community is invited to the third Annual Farm to Fork event, Wednesday, April 18. The event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus and will help raise funds for campus sustainable food initiatives. The amazing local cuisine, prepared by Vista Room students and chef Dan Honan, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Quad. The event is hosted by the ECOStudents and Physical Planning and Development.

Learn more about this event and campus sustainability initiatives at or e-mail for more information. Visit for links to purchase tickets online. Farm to Fork tickets may also be paid for using cash at the Bursar's Office or One Stop Student Service Center in the Student Services building.

More women in science but barriers remain
SF State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser has published Breaking Into the Lab, an examination of the hurdles faced by women pursuing careers in science. Drawing from her own experiences and interviews, Rosser demonstrates the gains made by women in the sciences, defines the remaining challenges and suggests possible solutions.


Veteran scholarship established
President Robert A. Corrigan announced the Nancy Pelosi Scholarship Program for National Service on Feb. 28. The scholarship for student veterans is named in honor of Pelosi, who has championed veteran's causes throughout her 25 years of congressional service. "Leader Pelosi is one of Congress' strongest advocates of veterans," Corrigan said. "SF State shares her commitment to them and is proud to welcome veterans on campus. This scholarship, named in her honor, will help those deserving students to stay in school, graduate, and go on to good careers."

The Pelosi Scholarship Program for National Service will supplement existing GI bill benefits. The first awards are planned for fall 2012.


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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Counseling Rebecca Toporek, Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel.

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Sarkis Baltaian, piano: 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Menlo College: 2:30 p.m.

Recital: Music of Women Composers: 1 p.m.

Spring Speech Showcase: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Artist Lecture Series: Patrick Painter: 5:30 p.m.

Lecture: Osvaldo Sanchez and Omar Barrada: 6 p.m.

Fair Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains with Kohl S. Gill: 6 p.m.

Lecture: Vocation(s): A Discussion About Interdisciplinary Practice: 7 p.m.

Japanese Flower Arrangement: Lecture, Demo & Workshop: 11 a.m.

Open house: SF State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Poetry reading: Khaled Mattawa and Ravi Shankar Book Award Reading: 4:30 p.m.

Spring '12 Cesar Chavez Day: No Classes: Offices Closed

Coming Up
March 31: Baseball vs. Sonoma State (Doubleheader): noon

April 2: Recital: Voice students: 1 p.m.

April 2: Philosophy Talk: The Life and Work of Ludwig Wittgenstein: 6 p.m.

April 2: The Archaeology of Shipwrecks: Treasuring the past?: 12:30 p.m.

April 3: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

April 4: Anthropology Brown Bag Series: How to deal with stress in your daily life: 12:30 p.m.

April 4: Recital: SF State Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble: 1 p.m.

April 4: Building Disaster Resilience in Bay Area's Vulnerable Communities: 5 p.m.

April 4: Seminar Lecture: Charlotte Tate - Truly Integrating the Study of Transgender Spectrum and Cisgender Experiences: 6 p.m.

April 6: Recital: Choral recital hour: 1 p.m.

April 9: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

April 11: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

April 11: Fulbright Information Workshop: 2 p.m.

April 11: Marriotts Corporate Culture of Employee Inclusion and the Peer Workplace Issues Resolution Process: 5 p.m.

April 13: Concert: SF State Gospel Choir and SF State Orchestra: 8 p.m.

April 14: Concert: SF State Chamber Singers: Then and Now: 8 p.m.

April 17: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

April 18: Talk: A negotiated landscape: The transformation of San Francisco's waterfront since 1950: 5 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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